Labor Shadow Health Minister Ryan Park has today urged rural communities to heed warnings about air quality, as smoke from the country’s horror bushfires travels further west.
Outback NSW has become blanketed in haze this week, affecting visibility and raising concerns for the elderly and asthma sufferers.
See the Air Quality Index at: https://www.dpie.nsw.gov.au/air-quality/current-air-quality
According to medical experts, babies, young children and the elderly or those already experiencing chronic respiratory or cardiovascular problems are at higher risk as the level of air quality declines – as well as those who cannot afford air conditioning.
If you see or smell smoke outside, you should stay indoors unless it is not safe to do so. Windows and doors should be kept shut, air conditioners should be switched to 'recirculate', people without air conditioning should take advantage of air conditioned public spaces such as public libraries or cinemas, and particular attention should be paid to children, the elderly and others who might be at risk.
Mr Park said: “The air quality crisis in NSW in unprecedented and it’s vitally important people take care of themselves, their families and fellow community members at this difficult time.”
“If you’re vulnerable or at risk please stay indoors, or in a well air conditioned public place out of the smoke if possible. If you don’t have to go out and breathe smoke, don’t do it.”